caralockhartsmith

stories and illustration

Small Shoes

Small Shoes

August 26, 2015 Posted by | Art, Photography, Uncategorized | , , , , | Leave a comment

Floating Leaves and Shadow of a Bird

Leaves and Shadow

August 25, 2015 Posted by | Art, Photography, Uncategorized | , , , , | 2 Comments

Feather on the Path

Feather on the Path

August 23, 2015 Posted by | Art, Photography, Uncategorized | , , , , | Leave a comment

Feather on the Grass

Feather on the Grass

August 23, 2015 Posted by | Art, Photography, Uncategorized | , , , , , | Leave a comment

August Clouds

Clouds

August 23, 2015 Posted by | Art, Photography, Uncategorized | , , , , | Leave a comment

A Picture Book – The Midnight Hare

midnighthare 1This is a detailed but unfinished rough illustration for a book called “The Midnight Hare”. About two years ago I wrote a script in two hours, one hour in the morning and one hour in the afternoon.  I had deep feeling about the script, but it has taken me all this time to decide how I am going to do the illustrations for this work.

When the pens I usually use, which were fine-nibbed true sepia in colour, were discontinued, and when watercolour itself wasn’t giving me the feeling I wanted,  I decided to try new techniques. I treated myself to a real extravagance,  a big box of gouache and a big box of crayons, artist quality, they are just delicious, I drool over them, and keep them all in order, which is so unlike my somewhat chaotic manner of work (though when I was very young I had a lovely box of conte crayons, in a metal box, and  even when my father got locked in the larder and I was the only person able to rescue him – I must have been about 4 at the time – I apparently insisted on putting the crayons back in the box in the right order before trying to get him out – he was expostulating all the while through that kind of mesh they had on larder doors).

I digress.

Using new media, and drawing with a fine sable brush, the feeling of the paintings that I have been working on are at last corresponding with the feelng I had when I first wrote the script. There is a graphic quality that I want to keep, but with gouache it is possible to build up colour, and to overpaint, without the work getting muddy. Also it is possible to paint light over dark. I had always intended to send this book out to various publishers, but after listening to two agents talking about the difficulties these days of getting work published, and the very long time it took, and other limitations, I suddenly realised that I would by-pass all that.  I wouldn’t look on publishing my own work as second best but as something I would like to do in itself, and would not bother to send it out to publishers at all.

As well as having a lot of work published in the past by large publishers, here and abroad, I have quite a bit of useful experience working on small press picture books, and I know that good sales are quite possible. We have a very proficient and friendly printer locally who are proper book publishers, which is an amazing piece of luck – and I have worked with them in the past on books for Serafina Press.  So rather than trawl my work round I have decided to wade in straight away and enjoy the whole process of writing and illustrating, production, costing, publicity and sales all on my own.

I will be blogging now and then on the whole process, I might even give the book its own website nearer publication, which won’t be until 2016.  Wish me luck.

August 20, 2015 Posted by | Art, Illustration, Uncategorized | , , , , , , | 6 Comments

The Little Hill in August

Little Hill in AugustRain – drizzle – then torrential rain drumming on the conservatory (lean-to) roof; however, we do have days like this in August in the Scottish Borders….

August 19, 2015 Posted by | Art, Photography, Uncategorized | , , , , | Leave a comment

Flowers by the Path

flowers by the pathIn Liddesdale, hill farming country right on the edge of the Middle Marches, where the sheep roam the hillside without barriers, and the fields are full of rushes, the profusion of flowers and the variety of flowers is markedly greater than in arable farming country, however conscious the crop farmers are of conservation and the limited use of pesticides. Last year in Liddesdale along just one mile long stretch of roadside I counted about a hundred varieties of flowers. This patch of flowers was beside a small off-road path which led down to the track of the old railway, now long disappeared.  One walks down to Kershopefoot, above the River Liddel, with trees on each side, and beside the track hundreds of orchids growing.

August 16, 2015 Posted by | Art, Photography, Uncategorized | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Hedge Woundwort

hedge woundwort

August 16, 2015 Posted by | Art, Photography, Uncategorized | , , , | Leave a comment

Red Admiral on a Drystone Wall

redadmiral

August 16, 2015 Posted by | Art, Photography, Uncategorized | , , , , | 2 Comments

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